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Do you have type 2 diabetes and work in a desk-based job?

Can reducing and breaking up sitting time help glycaemic control in office workers with type 2 diabetes?

Recent studies have shown that reducing and breaking up sitting time has beneficial effects on blood glucose control and insulin levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. This study will investigate whether a 18-month multi-component intervention targeting reducing and breaking up sitting can help improve glycaemic control in office workers with type 2 diabetes.

Who can participate?

To participate in this study, you must:

  • be aged 35–65 years
  • have type 2 diabetes
  • not be using insulin
  • be working at least 4 days a week in a desk-based occupation
  • live in Melbourne, Australia.

Complete an expression of interest for this study

What’s involved?

Participants will be randomised to receive either the intervention or a delayed intervention condition.

Participants randomised to receive the intervention will be asked to use a sit-stand workstation at their workplace, participate in one-on-one health coaching sessions and use a physical activity watch and App for the duration of the study (18 months). Participants in the delayed intervention will be asked to go about their usual behaviours for the duration of the study and will receive a shortened (6-month) version of the intervention once the study is complete.

In addition to the above, all participants will be required to:

  • Undergo a blood test to measure HbA1c levels (for screening purposes only).
  • Attend 5 visits to the Baker Specialist Clinics (3–4 hours each) over a eighteen month period.
  • Provide blood samples at regular intervals (by means of intravenous catheter) during the visits at the Baker Specialist Clinics.
  • Wear two physical activity monitors for a 10-day period on five occasions.
  • Complete 1 x 24hr dietary recalls on five occasions.

At the end of the study, all participants will receive their individual results on their sitting and activity levels and blood results (including HbA1c).

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact:

Ruth Grigg
T: (03) 8532 1845

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